The quote is from a favourite writer of mine – of ‘Waiting For Godot’ and many other plays (see below).
This is all very well – and a good idea most of the time, I think, but we are rarely able to. Numerous examples show where people have danced – in other words done what they’ve wanted…and there are consequences for themselves and others.
Perhaps not so long ago I would have said yes to this philosophy with no hesitation as I do think it’s important to grab the moment and enjoy it for what it is – without thought. I think I’d still say this but I’d add ‘as long as you don’t hurt yourself or other living beings (animal or human).’
What’s the link with Hollywood I hear you ask? Well, Hollywood is the place where I suppose people do, and can, dance, and achieve great things – if they have the money and contacts. I recently spent some time at Universal Studios LA and I was blown away by the dreams that have become real.
It is a place of dancing and thinking simultaneously and film makers would not have achieved anything if they had thought and then danced.
Dancing therefore is a metaphor for living life to the full and Universal is a place that takes you to where imagination takes over from reality. In a world of 3D – which Universal uses to the full in its news rides and shows, we watch a fixed image which we think comes out at us and part of our world. As we know, this is not the case – but we believe it to be the case.
In the Terminator show, above, the Terminator is not really touching us but we believe it to be so. Even when we are told ‘it is not real’ – we still jump when it happens!
Universal shows us – in a fun way – the benefits of dancing and not thinking. The dimensions of the mind would not be stretched to their full capacity if we did only the latter. And, dancing is often the more objective approach to life; thinking too much can be unhealthy as judgements can creep in.
Walking into Universal is walking into an impossible yet possible world. It is not so far from the way real life works.